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When a beloved old nun turns up dead in idyllic Batavia-on-Hudson, the newest villager must navigate the suspicions of her eccentric neighbors to get to the bottom of things.
Tina deBellegarde has been secretly writing her whole life. When she turned fifty, she decided that she no longer needed to keep it under wraps and started to write and share. As a result, her debut novel Winter Witness, the first in the Batavia-on-Hudson series, will be released September 2020 by Level Best Books. The subsequent volumes of the Batavia-on-Hudson series will be released September 2021 and September 2022.
She also writes short fiction and flash fiction. Her short story “Second Chances” appears in Seascape: Best New England Crime Stories. Her flash fiction has won competitions and can be found in Palm-Sized Press, Retreat West, Ad Hoc Fiction and Reflex Press. See the links above to read or purchase.
Photo by Patrizia Tersigni
Tina lives and writes in Catskill, New York with her husband Denis, and their cat Shelby. When she isn’t writing she is helping Denis tend their beehives, harvest shiitakes from their mushroom logs, or tend their vegetable garden. She makes lampworked glass beads and contributes to her husband’s jewelry designs. For Tina, baking and cooking are meditations that allow her to plan her writing. She travels to Kyoto, Japan regularly to visit with her son, Alessandro, who has lived there for many years running his media production company.
When she isn’t writing or tending to her hobbies, Tina works at the Catskill Public Library. She is a former middle school teacher, paralegal, and exporter.
Stay tuned for the release of Winter Witness and subsequent volumes of the Batavia-on-Hudson series. Check back for news about her short stories and flash fiction.